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Mackenzie's Mountain (Mackenzie Family #1)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  9,797 ratings  ·  317 reviews
A small Wyoming town is about to learn a few lessons from a new schoolteacher with the courage to win the heart of a man who swore he had nothing to give....

Mary Elizabeth Potter is a self-appointed spinster with no illusions about love. But she is a good teacher and she wants Wolf Mackenzie s son back in school. And after one heated confrontation with the boy s father, sh
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Mira Books (first published 1989)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

This book has a very "Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman" feel to it.
Except of course, she isn't a doctor but a teacher :D

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For the most part of the book, I kept forgetting it's actually a contemporary. I can't explain it, it's just the feel of it. How they all behave, the story, Indian in the mountain and spinster teacher in small town fall in love, while the town hates him, plus being his cottage in the mountains, training horses and just everything :D
I saw cars being mentioned and that made me remember
Opening Line: He needed a woman. Bad."

I had a ton of problems with this book and I’m finding it really difficult to review because as much as this story confused me, annoyed me and downright offended me, in the end as much as I wanted to I just didn’t hate it. I did however breathe a sigh of relief when I finished.

Written in 1989 Mackenzie’s Mountain is a contemporary romance however it reads, and for the first 100 pages I thought it was a historical, taking place around 1890-1910. It takes plac
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This is in my top ten books of all time. I love Wolf and Mary. They are one of my romance supercouples. This is a book to read when you are feeling jaded about romance novels. When I read it the first time, I immediately turned around and reread it. I still have my first copy but I bought another copy since the first one is a little worn.
This is my favorite contemporary romance! I love the Wolf and Mary's story, they are two great characters. Mary Elizabeth Potter is a transplanted southern teacher who is trying to find a more exciting life in Wyoming. Mary meets half-breed rancher Wolf when she goes to his house to find out why his son Joe quit school. Sparks fly between Wolf and Mary right away but Wolf pushes her away because he is resented in town after going to jail for a rape he didn't commit, so he does not want to risk h ...more
May 14, 2010 KarenH rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who reads romance
Recommended to KarenH by: MelissaB
I read this book in one sitting - which means I stayed up all night - so I'm a little delirious right now. I won't write a review (you can thank me for that) but I would like to say a few things while I am still "living in the moment" of Mackenzie's Mountain.

First of all, if you haven't read this book, you really need to get that taken care of. Within 10 years it will be proclaimed a "classic" (you'll be shelving it right up there with Catcher In the Rye & The Grapes of Wrath) and you will w
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Does anyone else find it hard to assess a book when the thing is completely out of date?

I felt like I'd stepped back in time a few decades, when most small towns were suspicious of anyone who looked "different" from whatever they were used to in their small little bubble. Of course, there are still remote places of small town Americana that are like this, but not on the same saturated level that there was back then. And by that level - I mean OMG, LOCK THE DOORS, the Native American Indian man
I have to say I had some trepidations when I started this book. I like contemporary romances but my favorite is historical. It was also a very short 250-something pages. I tend to like my books longer than that since I can fly through books at lightening speed. But it had a cute premise and tons of good reviews so I gave it a shot.

I felt like I went 'Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww...' throughout almost the whole book. It's definitely one of those warm and fuzzy kind of romances but the love scenes definitely
Bark's Book Nonsense
This is an old category romance that I read way back when. I’m not usually a re-reader but I stumbled across this in unabridged audio format and figured what the heck. I listen to audio’s when I’m doing tedious tasks like driving, cleaning the yard of dog poo or scrubbing the bathroom. There’s not much to lose on my end and I’ll usually finish everything I start on audio, excepting The Ill-Made Mute which was one of the few too torturous for even me to finish. Mackenzie’s Mountain was a much bet ...more
Audio update: I recently bought the abridged audio version, narrated by Nanette Savard. Didn't like her voice. Sharp, angry, and biting too much of the time. The abridged version leaves out far too many important scenes, including the epilogue. Half the book is missing. Not recommended. Wish they would produce an unabridged version.

But the story and the series is good! See original book review below.

Content: Several explicit sex scenes, assorted violence, some cus
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Narrated by Christina Traister

A favorite Howard from 1989 for many a romance fan, Mackenzie’s Mountain certainly has what I would call an “old school” feel to it. I’m afraid the romance elements filling this book, while popular in 1989, may seem clichéd today to the first time reader. But for me, Mackenzie’s Mountain represents my first days of reading romance and I remember it with great fondness.

The big solitary half-breed by the name of Wolf who lives on his mountain and is rejected by the
Oct 08, 2010 Patricia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Patricia by: Read for the October challenge Paranormal Romance Group
Dear Friends,

I have to inform you that this is the first book that I've read of Linda Howard, and I was not disappointed.
My point is that Ms. Howard is a wonderful storyteller, combining her characters with an ingenious plot. Like I said...wonderful.

The story of the book resumes itself by saying that...
When Mary Elizabeth Potter the local teacher, confronts Wolf Mackenzie to get his son back in school, she cames face to face with a bitter and dangerous man. But with this also comes his very good
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.25/5; 3stars; B

I read this story several years ago and recently saw my library has it on MP3 so I thought I'd listen. The narrator, Christina Traister, was excellent and smoothly moved between the male and female voices.

I know this book is much beloved by romance fans and I enjoyed it quite a bit but not as much as I remember. My favorite parts were the relationship between Wolf and his son Joe, as well as many glimpses of Mary's fierce character. The love story between Mary and Wolf was prett
OMG...buku yang amat sangat bagus suka banget cerita yang tokoh utamanya indian, keren,super posesif, dark dan bisa diandalkan...Wolf mackenzie benar2 co yang tercipta untuk gw ( di novel hehehehe...)
ceritanya ttg miss mary potter yang di terima kerja sebagai guru di suatu kota kecil yang namanya Ruth...
mary berumur 29 tahun,masih lugu,belom pernah pacaran apalagi boboan :p
awalnya dia ke peternakan mackenzie buat ketemu sama joe mackenzie ( anak wol) yang tiba2 gak pernah datang la
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
One of My Favorites

Until last week this was my favorite Linda Howard book. Cry No More pushed this book into 2nd place but I still love Wolf and Mary.

Mary is a prim and proper schoolteacher who just moved to small town. A seriously small town. She has a student, the Mackenzie boy, who hasn't been to school. It seems he's dropped out. Mary decides that no student will be left behind on her watch and she's going to talk to Joe Mackenzie's father, Wolf. Wolf and Joe live on a mountain, it's snowing

Oh, the bullshit.

The old-school, overly-dramatic, racist bullshit.

How many times was the word "savage" used, for starters?

The narration was exaggerated as well.


Everyone loves but me.
Finally an epilogue! I have been banging on about the lack of epilogue at the end of LH's books and with this I finally got one. I know that the only reason Ms Howard included it was because there is such a huge time difference between this and the second story and she was just making the transition from this to Mackenzie's Mission easier, but I really don't care, I got to see a bit of the HEA I have so craved with her stories. ...more
Elizabeth (Liz)
The Mackenzies series is one of her very best. This is the book that drew me to Linda Howard. Unfortunately, when she went to hardback (aside from the first few), something was lost. I guess she was trying to go more mainstream or something. I'm a fan of her early work, the books in the true romance genre. If suspense is more your thing, you might prefer the books she's released in hardcover.
Sabrina Jeffries
Yes, I know that everybody in the world loves this one, but I have to join the pack anyway. The hero is so heart-wrenchingly proud and tortured, and the heroine is such a sweetie that I find myself rereading this one at least once a year.
Lady Heather
Oct 07, 2012 Lady Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: contempory romance, kick-ass, possessive alpha males & strong willed, kick-ass female leads
Recommended to Lady Heather by: Karla
I LOVE. WOLF!! ..and Mary is wonderful! I love her backbone, and 'sensibility'.

This was such a great story to read, and I'll be reading Joe's story very soon!
This author CANNOT DISAPPOINT! Linda Howard,

Before reading this book I had experienced a smaller reader slump. I tried to read A LOT of books, but I never got past the first chapter. I almost gave up hope when I thought it might be time to read another Linda Howard book. And I was right! Mackenzie's Mountain helped me get through my slump.

*cough* Please, meet Wolf!

“He needed a woman. Bad.”

So what happened with my reading slump? *still eyeing Wolf* Umm, what slump?

I loved this book s
Mary Potter moves from Savannah, Georgia to Ruth Wyoming after accepting a job as a teacher for the small community. She soon discovers that the school's top student, Joe Mackenzie, has dropped out of school. Mary goes to visit the Mackenzies to get Joe back in school but gets trapped on the way up their mountain in the middle of frigid winter temperatures. Wolf MacKenzie, Joe's father, rescues her and takes her into their home. They have an immediate physical attraction, one that is taboo for W ...more
Mary Potter has come to small town Ruth, Wyoming to teach at their school. She becomes particularly concerned when one of her best students, Joe Mackenzie, informs her he's quitting.

Joe's father, half Native American Wolf Mackenzie, is fine with letting Joe do as he deems best, knowing he raised him to stand on his own. When the town's new teacher climbs the mountain he's isolated himself on to fight for her student, something about the feirce little teacher breathes life into the stoic ex-milit
This is one my favorite re-reads of all time. Anytime I find myself in a slump I go back to a very few books as possible reads. This is one of those few books.

Wolf Mackenzie is a rancher who is ostracized by the rest of the community and he prefers it that way. Mary Elizabeth Potter is a dedicated teacher who refuses to give up on something once she sets her mind to it.

Their first interaction occurs when she is stranded on the side of a mountain and Wolf comes to her rescue. He assumes she is f
Booklover, Indianapolis
I don't know when I first read this, but I find myself rereading this at least a couple of times a year. The sequels are good, but this one is stellar! It's really dated - it was written in 1989 but reads/feels as if the storyline is happening in the mid 70's. The intense bigotry against Indians(Native Americans) and "half breeds" always surprises me when I read it. But - Mary and Wolf are awesome. Mary is the typical spunky school-marm virgin who has Wolf eating out of her hand from day one and ...more
The storyline didn’t really feel realistic but it was still a sweet light romance

This book was published in 2000, but at times it felt as if it were from a time frame much further back then just 15 years. The year in this storyline never seemed to be addressed but it had more of a historical feel to even if that was not the intention. The small town teacher, and the town so prejudice and negative towards the "half-Indian" characters I found to be a bit over to top. It just didn’t feel realistic
Just finished my 3rd reading of this. I was in one of those moods where I didn't want to take a chance on something new in case it was bad so I just reread something I already knew I liked. This is just a solid dependable book. The hero is just so studly and alpha. The heroine is spunky and lovable.
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)

3.5 Stars

Mary Elizabeth Potter is the new school teacher in the small town in Ruth, Wyoming and with her plain clothes and prim and proper personality she fits snugly into the role. But, she is passionate about her pupils and when she sees that Joe Mackenizie has dropped out of school despite having the best grades in his class, she decides to persuade him back. She didn't expect to encounter Wolf Mackenzie, Joe's dad, and the subject of vicious gossip in town. Nor did she expect to feel such w
I have been working through Linda Howard's catalog a little at a time. This one is the December BOM on Linda's goodreads fan page.
Mary has taken the job as a school teacher in the little community of Ruth located in Wyoming. Mary was raised by a strict aunt that had her still dressing in hideous clothing and looking the part of an old maid school marm. But, when Mary learns that one of her students has dropped out of school, she sets out to locate the boy and talk him back into attending classe
Good book. I really liked the way that Mary went after Joe to get him to continue his education. She found the way to convince him when she discovered that he wanted to fly. While tutoring Joe, she got to know his father, Wolf, and realized what a good person he was. She had to deal with the townspeople who didn't trust him, but she wouldn't give up. When her life was put at risk, he was the one to protect her. Wolf didn't know what to make of Mary. He wasn't used to someone standing up to him a ...more
I saw this posted on the Smart Bitches list of where to start with Linda Howard, so dug it out of storage. I forgot how totally goofy this story is.

From the description of the hero: "In his veins ran the blood of two of the most warlike peoples in the history of the world, Comanche and Celt." I seriously LOLed at that.

To the inner musings of the heroine: "She was dressed as warmly as she could manage, unless she put on socks to wear with her sensible shoes, but she drew the line at that. Dainty
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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance
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“He needed a woman. Bad.” 11 likes
“She started to tell him so, but the words vanished
unsaid when he abruptly thrust his hands under her skirt, all the way to her waist. Mary
gave a startled shriek and jerked back, almost oversetting the chair. He glared at her, his
eyes like black ice.
"You don't have to worry," he snapped. "This is Saturday. I only rape on Tuesdays and
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